Is Intussusception in an Adult with Active COVID-19 Infection a Surprise?

Indian J Surg. 2023 Apr;85(2):430-432. doi: 10.1007/s12262-022-03443-y. Epub 2022 May 13.


The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS COV2) had rapidly spread and caused a global pandemic worldwide. The most common symptoms in adults are respiratory with dry cough, dyspnea, and fever. Occasionally, extra-respiratory presentations may be seen such as gastrointestinal involvement with diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain. Acute intestinal intussusception is the most common cause of bowel obstruction in infants (2-4 months of age) but rarely could it be encountered in adult. It is a very rare gastro-intestinal manifestation of COVID-19 with an invagination of a segment of the bowel within a more distal one. The part that prolapses into the other is called the intussusceptum, and the part that receives it is called the intussuscipiens. Most of COVID-19 cases of AII are reported in the pediatric population between 4 and 10 months. Only a single case of small bowel obstruction secondary to ileo-colic intussusception in a COVID-19 infection adult was published on April 2021. We present here a challenging case of intussusception secondary to COVID-19 infection in an adult in the absence of respiratory symptoms. Our study presents the first case in Africa of AII in adult patients due to COVID-19.

Keywords: Adult; Gastro-intestinal manifestations; Intussusception; SARS COV 2.

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